Labyrinth Outreach Services to Women (YMCA)
Alyssa Younger, Class of 2021
1. Where are or did you intern? Briefly, what does/did your internship entail?
- I interned through the school. My subject was about jail voting practices and how
accessible it is in the Bloomington community. The most exciting part of my internship
was working with the women of Labyrinth Outreach (a program that supports formerly
incarcerated women get back on their feet once they leave the jail/prison facility)
and explaining their rights as a voter despite their background.
2. What aspects of your internship do/did you enjoy most? Find most challenging?
- An aspect I enjoyed about the internship was honing my interview skills, especially
when engaging with appointed officials and the leadership of the jail/rehabilitation
program here in Bloomington. What I found most challenging was the interview setting
as well. During this process, there are many opportunities for questions/conversations
that may not have been planned for, but because of newly presented information, it
is important to consider and explain during your research process.
3. How does/did your internship relate to what you have been studying at Illinois
- This internship has allowed me to prioritize a theme most close to me, and that is
accessibility within a community. This internship has allowed me to be a key person
in a local campaign as well as given me the tools to be even more successful in my
4. Has your internship given you any insight into what you would like to do upon graduating
from Illinois Wesleyan?
- This internship has shown me that a career where I am able to apply my skills to provide
the best foundation is what I am most interested in.5. What advice, if any, would
you give to Political Science majors looking for, or even just considering, an internship?
5. What advice, if any, would you give to Political Science majors looking for, or
even just considering, an internship?
I'd say do it. It will be scary at first, especially if you are doing it by yourself,
but it is a great opportunity to grow. Your professors will always be there to guide
you and push you and there will be nights you're ready to quit, but despite those
long nights, at the end of the semester and you have research that you can say you
were proud to have completed.